Department of Communication, Literature & Arts

An education from a major within the Department of Communications, Literature and Arts will lay a solid creative foundation for your future. Your studies at Mount Mercy will teach you to think independently and communicate your thoughts clearly, which are the most important foundational career skills. 

Special Talent Scholarships in art & design, music, theatre, and writing are available to both incoming  freshman and transfer students to Mount Mercy.

Majors and Minors

Art Education  | Fine Arts |  Graphic Design
The art major prepares students to meet contemporary challenges in the field of fine arts, graphic design and art education. A highly professional course of instruction, featuring a variety of visual and aesthetic approaches, leads to the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

Creative Writing Minor
Creative writing is a fun and practical complement to any major. As students produce their own fiction, poetry, and personal essays, they stretch their imaginations and develop their abilities to collaborate and communicate. 

As an English major at Mount Mercy University, you will develop the skills that employers most value – the skills of writing, researching, speaking, and thinking.

Environmental Justice
The environmental justice minor prepares students to think critically about global environmental issues, to assess the impact of human activity on the natural environment, and to address issues of social injustice.

Film Studies Minor
The Film Studies minor offers an overview of film culture, major historical & critical trends in film studies, analysis of cinematic form & style, & the relationship between film & culture. 

The journalism major will prepare students for a career in the news media or related professional writing fields. It can open the door to working in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and/or specialized media-oriented careers in politics, government or the corporate realm. 

Mount Mercy's music major provides a comprehensive music background that ensures you will be grounded in all areas of music. You will learn the fundamentals of music theory, progress to the study of advanced harmony, and investigate formal structures and conceptual techniques.

Public Relations 
Students who graduate with a public relations major may be employed in traditional public relations positions (media relations, employee relations, community relations, event planning, fund raising, corporate communications, etc.)

The Spanish minor offers a course sequence based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning.  Students will be able to: Communicate effectively; understand Hispanic Cultures; Connect Spanish with other majors; make Comparisons of languages and cultures; and participate in a global Community of Spanish speakers.

Verbal Communication
The field of communication focuses on how people communicate as individuals, in society, and in the workplace. The program at Mount Mercy is an outstanding interdisciplinary major that integrates classroom study with outside internships.

Visual Communication
The media track emphasizes communication in a variety of media modes, including publication design, web site development, computer video production, and photography. Objectives for this major include for students to interpret the process of communication and employ communication in real-world practice as they strategically and competently apply verbal or media skills.

Writing Minor
A minor in writing allows students to take courses in Professional Writing, Introduction to Language, Creative Writing, and Writing and the Analysis of Literature. Students will learn to write occupational letters, reports, and letters of job application geared to the student's individual professional needs.